BMW M Coupe

In 1998, BMW released the M Coupe. Oddly enough, this model has acquired quite a few nicknames given to it by enthusiasts. Some may know this vehicle by another title such as the "Shoe", "Clown Shoe", "Boot", "Shooting Brake" or "Bread Van". You wouldn't know it by these silly nicknames, but the M Coupe is a high-performance automobile produced by BMW between 1998 and 2002. This model was born out of the BMW M Roadster. The new model contains the same semi-trailing arm rear suspension that could be found in the M Roadster. However, the coupe is 2.7 times stiffer than its convertible counterpart, which has resulted in superior handling. Two different engines were used over the years on the M Coupe. Those built between 1999 and 2000 were issued engines depending on the destination market. Meanwhile, the same engines were used as those that powered the 1996 to 1999 BMW M3. The models released in the United States were fitted with the S52, a 240 hp (176 kW) and 320 Nm (236 ft•lbf) 3.2 liter inline 6 cylinder engine. Those models released in Europe were fitted with the S50B32, a 321 hp (236 kW) and 350 Nm (260 ft•lbf) 3.2 liter inline 6 cylinder engine. Thankfully, from October 2001, the M Coupe reappeared worldwide with the new 3.2 liter S54 engine from the E46 M3. This was a major accomplishment given that this was the highest specific output engine ever made by BMW when it was fitted to the E46 M3. When placed in the M Coupe it produced 325 hp in European form and 315 HP in North American form. Obviously from the statistics, this was one heck of a car to be driving. It power and agility was unmatched at the time, and it continues to receive praise today from owners who have held onto their M Coupes from years ago.